Keyboard-facade building planned for Bushwick

The proposed building.
Rendering by INEX Design

Is a building made to look like an instrument music to your ears?

If so, you’re in luck. A rendering has been revealed for a new four-story building at 334 Evergreen Avenue, near the corner of Himrod Street in Bushwick, with a striking design on the facade made to resemble piano keys.

The rendering was spotted on the website of iAffordNY, a marketing agency formed in 2018 that works with HPD and developers on “unit planning, HPD compliance, affordable unit leasing, and everything in between,” according to the company’s website.

It also appeared on the Instagram account of INEX Design, who are credited on the renderings, in February 2020. “[W]e can’t wait to here [sic] the music from this one,” they wrote in a post. “[O]nce this project is done, it will sure make a loud statement!”

Bushwick has a tradition of facades that make loud statements.

The musical motif continues on the interior, renderings show. Another large keyboard adorns a hallway wall, musical notation appears near the stairways, and wallpaper showing thousands of tape cassettes can be found in the laundry room.

The building is currently under construction, Google Maps and the site’s complaint history show. It replaced an altered wood frame building old tax photos reveal to have once been a bucolic mid 19th century Gothic house with gingerbread, fish-scale shingles and a porch.

A new building permit issued last year shows there will be a total of eight apartments, and iAffordNY says three will be designated as affordable — presumably under the 421-a program.

Shawn E. Stiles of S&S Architectural Design is the applicant of record. Joel Friedman is listed as the owner on building permits. The site was purchased for $999,000 in 2018 by 334 Evergreen LLC, which has an address that links back to Lee Avenue Shipping and Communication, a well-known mail drop in Williamsburg where hundreds of developers have addresses.

It remains to be seen how closely the finished building will resemble the rendering — though we don’t suppose you will be able to play the building.

This story first appeared on Brownstoner.